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How to Challenge the “Flat Stanley” Perspective

A few years ago, a friend and I went to a basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Our mission was to take a picture of “Flat Stanley” at the game for her niece in elementary school. (The Flat Stanley Project was based on a book where little Stanley was flattened by a falling bulletin board and can now fit into an envelope. Children around the world create their own cutouts of Flat Stanley and mail him to friends and family for adventures that they then write about. And, forgive me if I didn’t describe The Flat Stanley Project correctly!) I was thinking about Flat Stanley as I considered how we live our lives — like we are flat as well. I think that we miss out on lots of peace and clarity when we assume that we are purely and solely physical beings, and only experience physical existence. I believe that there is more to us. I believe that we are not two-dimensional, or simply three-dimensional. I believe that we are multi-dimensional in nature, and many have already developed their inner hearing and inner listening to help address physical reality. It’s like if Flat Stanley had depth. We have that depth innately, but many of us choose to ignore or avoid this. There are many doctors who recommend meditation to reduce stress and…